What are the lifestyle benefits to nursing in the Middle East?


A great career is all about seizing opportunities. It can be so easy to continue down the same path for years on end, so when a fresh and exciting opportunity comes up, the boldest among us grab it two hands.

This is certainly the case with nursing in the Middle East. If you want to develop your healthcare career on the other side of the world, there’s no better place to start. With placements available at world-leading King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre and Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, you can learn from some of the best in the business while enjoying the sights and sounds of a brand-new country.

Of course, the benefits to moving to the Middle East aren’t all based around your career. Here’s some of the lifestyle highlights that you can experience.

Explore Saudi Arabia and beyond…

There’s a reason why many airlines stop in the Middle East – it’s the gateway to the world. Take advantage of tax-free earning and extended annual leave from nursing to travel around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but into Europe as well.

Take in the sights of Madain Saleh! Take in the sights of Madain Saleh!

Think about this. From Saudi Arabia, you’re less than two hours away from ‘city of the future’ Dubai, three hours from the ancient pyramids of Egypt and just six hours from London. Considering the long haul travel required to reach these destinations from Australia, the world from Saudi Arabia will be on your doorstep.

Even if you want to just explore domestically on the weekend, Saudi Arabia has plenty to offer. From Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site, to the Red Sea where you can dive with turtles and sharks, the country offers countless unique and special sights.

Enjoying the Saudi Arabian social life

While Saudi Arabia can be a culture shock initially, it’s a nation that is extremely welcoming to those who are new. Within your accommodation grounds, you can get to know your fellow healthcare professionals and mingle at various embassy parties and events.

Saudi Arabia has a rich and proud heritage.Saudi Arabia has a rich and proud heritage.

Keen to immerse yourself in the local culture? Explore the local shopping malls, souks (markets) and restaurants where you can get to know the locals and bond with your peers. Whether you want to go shopping for the latest clothes or understand more about cultural-based activities, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Interested in learning more about working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia, check out the Austra Health website here.